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Tokyo in Black and White | Photographer: Tatsuo Suzuki

Tokyo in Black and White | Photographer: Tatsuo Suzuki | Photographie B&W | Scoop.it

Japanese photographer Tatsuo Suzuki captures the frenetic atmosphere of Tokyo through richly toned black and white street photography. Suzuki’s use of long exposures and high contrast serve to emphasize the overwhelming experience of navigating a massive urban environment. Suzuki’s subjects show a fascinating mix of exhaustion and frantic energy. Some are pictured hurrying past, while others lay passed out in subway seats, clutching their purses. Technology is another interesting element in Suzuki’s images as people focus intently on their phones; seemingly unaware of the city humming around them. 


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Overwork to suicide | Photojournalist: Shiho Fukada 深田 志穂

Overwork to suicide | Photojournalist: Shiho Fukada 深田 志穂 | Photographie B&W | Scoop.it

The word "karoshi" came into common use around 1990, when Japanese workers began working longer hours in response to competition from overseas and the recession at the time. Despite increased awareness of the dangers of overwork, de-regulation and increased global competition means that Japanese workers are working harder than ever.


About 20 years ago, heart attacks or strokes were a symbol of ‘karoshi’ in Japan. Today, workers are committing suicide. Of the more than 30,000 suicides recorded 2009, 10,000 were believed to be related to work, according to data from the national police agency. Suicide triggered by overwork is particularly prevalent among white color workers, also known as “salarymen” in Japan. Salarymen devote long work hours and loyalty to companies in exchange for a life-time of employment and benefits.

 

With the recession of the 1990s and the lifting of a ban on the use of cheap temporary laborers, salarymen increasingly work longer hours because of a shortage of manpower and the fear of losing jobs.


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Photo report's curator insight, March 26, 2013 6:11 AM

Shiho Fukada 深田 志穂 is a Japanese photojournalist currently working out of Beijing, China. Her clientele consists of The New York Times, MSNBC, Le Monde, the Chicago Tribune and the New York magazine, among others. She won the Grand Prize in Editor and Publisher Magazine’s Ninth Annual Photos of the Year contest in 2008. Fukada also won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 2010 to research and photograph Japan's disposable workers.

Fukada majored in English literature and first worked in fashion advertising as an account executive. She borrowed a 35 mm SLR camera and started making photos.
Benedyct Antifer's curator insight, March 26, 2013 12:39 PM

Travail impressionnant sur une société qui aliène de plus en plus la seule richesse dont elle dispose : les gens qui la compose...

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CAPITOLIO | Photographer: Christopher Anderson

CAPITOLIO | Photographer: Christopher Anderson | Photographie B&W | Scoop.it

The word ‘capitolio’ refers to the domed building that houses a government. Here, the city of Caracas, Venezuela, is itself a metaphorical capitolio building. The decaying Modernist architecture, with a jungle growing through the cracks, becomes the walls of this building and the violent streets become the corridors where the human drama plays itself out in what President Hugo Chavez called a ‘revolution.’

Originally published as a traditional book in 2010 by RM, “Capitolio” is an intimate journey through a time of revolution in Hugo Chavez’ Caracas, Venezuela. This series was photographed between 2004 and 2008.

 


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Photo report's curator insight, May 6, 2013 5:21 PM

Christopher Anderson is a photographer and member of the Magnum Photos agency

Ioan Tasi's comment, May 13, 2013 8:12 AM
wonderful.
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double helix.

double helix. | Photographie B&W | Scoop.it
The famous winding staircase at the Vatican Museums. Designed by Giuseppe Momo, it's actually two sets of stairs in a double helix. Originally, if I have this right, one ramp served as entrance and the other as exit.
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